Platte River Power Authority is a public power provider that has emerged as a leader in Colorado’s utility sector. Our staff works collaboratively and efficiently to safely deliver reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to our owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland.
We share a sense of purpose and great pride in what we do and the value we provide to our communities, our region and the energy industry. If you’re searching for a collaborative working environment within a mid-sized organization that values innovative ideas, diverse perspectives and provides opportunities to make a difference, consider joining the Platte River team.
Senior Resource Planner
The Senior Resource Planner is responsible for developing integrated resource plans, conducting production cost studies, annual budget preparation, supply side and DER (Distributed Energy Resources) evaluation for deep decarbonization planning, transaction evaluation and providing other technoeconomic analytical support to Platte River’s strategic planning and resource planning efforts. This position will work in a cross-functional team environment with staff and management from multiple departments.
Essential duties and responsibilities
Must possess required knowledge, skills, abilities and experience and be able to perform, with or without reasonable accommodations, the essential functions of the job.
Utilizes advanced simulation platforms such as Plexos, Aurora, EnCompass, and PROMOD, etc. to develop optimal resource portfolios for Platte River
Provides production simulation results for budgeting, rate making and other requirements
Utilizes advanced statistical simulation, Monte Carlo simulation, simple ant stochastic optimization to enrich the quality of analytical work
Supports renewables and storage integration to meet reliability needs in a deeply decarbonized portfolio
Analyzes DERs and supply-side resource alternatives
Supports competitive bid evaluation for power procurement and other purchase/sale transactions
Incorporates a broad range of future uncertainties in fuel prices, electric market prices, CO2 requirements, costs of renewable and storage technologies, system reliability requirements, State and Federal policies
Provides analytical support for better integration into an energy market
Collects and verifies data from internal and external sources. Organize data for ease of use in the modeling and future updates
Keeps modeling tools and assumptions accurate and current including fuel costs, production capability (heat rates, capacity, starting and variable operating cost, scheduling flexibility, renewable profiles, etc.), contract terms and other factors
Develops presentation materials from modeling and other analyses to support communications with senior management, the Board of Directors and other stakeholders
This role is classified as a marketing function employee under FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission) Standards of Conduct. The employee will need to become familiar with, and follow FERC Standards of Conduct
Maintains regular and reliable attendance
Interfaces and works with different organizations within Platte River
Researches, tracks and evaluates new and innovative technologies to enhance electric service tot he Municipalities and their customers
Performs other duties as assigned
Bi-weekly salary range for this position: $3,935 - $5,411 (placement DOQ)
(if annualized: $102,312 - $140,676 DOQ)
Platte River Power Authority offers employees an outstanding benefits package. Benefits offered for this position may include the following: health insurance options including PPO and high deductible with health savings account; telemedicine; benefit advocacy; dental and vision insurance; FSA; basic as well as voluntary life insurance and accidental death and disability; long-term disability insurance; paid holidays; paid time off; wellness program; in-house training opportunities; tuition reimbursement; and employee assistance program.
For additional information, please see our website careers page at: https://www.prpa.org/careers/benefits/
Knowledge, skills and abilities
The following are required:
Extensive analytical skills including statistical and optimization modeling
Excellent computer skills with the ability to learn new software applications quickly
High attention to detail with the ability to produce accurate results
Excellent verbal and written communication skills
Strong interpersonal and collaborative skills with the ability to work independently and as part of cross functional teams
Ability to think strategically for innovative ways to incorporate various possible situations
Ability to manage shifting priorities
Excellent facilitation skills
Demonstrated knowledge of electric generating unit's operation and performance characteristics
The following are preferred:
Project Management Professional Certification
Bachelor's degree in Engineering, Finance, Statistics, Operation Research, Economics, Mathematics, Business or related field
Minimum three years of electric utility resource planning with specific experience in computer modeling and analysis
Minimum one year of experience running planning tools like Plexos, Aurora, Promod, Encompass
Current valid driver's license and ability to remain insurable under Platte River's vehicle liability policy
Platte River Power Authority is a not-for-profit utility that generates and delivers safe, reliable, environmentally responsible and financially sustainable energy and services to its owner communities of Estes Park, Fort Collins, Longmont and Loveland. Platte River's generation portfolio includes thermal, hydro, wind and solar resources.